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Celebrating 30 Years — Amber Lotus Publishing — Part 2

Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes. Tim Campbell is our VP Director of Sales.

Thirty Years and Thirty One Words

Listen to what anyone says
as though it were the last words
of a father to his son.

Listen with that much compassion,
and you’ll never feel jealousy
or anger again.

This was the first quote* I ever chose for an Amber Lotus calendar, nearly 20 years ago. On the one hand, that means I can only speak to 20 of the 30 years of Amber Lotus’s history. On the other hand, the transformative power of that quote has never left my mind, and it has informed all my subsequent text choices. I use this quote as a guiding hand precisely because of the profound spiritual instruction that it offers in just 31 words. Reading this passage every day for one month can become the start of a revolution. Thanks to our beloved contributor, Jane English (Tao wall calendar), we refer to our calendars as a book you read one page per month. Through his modern-day interpreter Coleman Barks, Rumi also says, “Whenever someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in their hand.” Month by month our effort is to light that candle.

When drops of water fill a vase
it is neither the first drop that fills it
nor the last or any drop individually…

These verses from the famous Tibetan mind training text Wheel of Sharp Weapons describes the history of Amber Lotus. That history is continually made and remade drop by drop, action by action. Amber Lotus was founded in 1988 by western students of the Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. While we are no longer focused exclusively on Tibetan Buddhist causes, we honor our origin with our efforts to practice Right Livelihood, which I interpret as doing the most good with the least harm. To that end, Amber Lotus has planted 750,000 trees since 2008, and we’re on our way to 1 million and beyond. I’m happy to say that Amber Lotus is carbon negative. Each year, the trees we have planted offset our carbon footprint more than 40 times. It doesn’t do to make too much of our present efforts, and it’s true to say we still have work to do in the environmental department. Internally, we are taking steps to become more and more paper-free.

As Amber Lotus enters its fourth decade, and I enter my sixth, we will strive to listen with compassion to our customers, authors, artists, reps, friends and each other, and to take mindful care of each drop we add to the vase that is our shared planet.

* Excerpt from “Dying” from The Hand of Poetry by Coleman Barks


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It’s Here… The Geninne Zlatkis 2018 – 2019 Planner

Geninne Zlatkis 2018-2019 planner

New for 2018-2019… the Geninne Zlatkis On-The-Go planner. We’re so excited! We love Geninne and her delightful feathered friends. Read more about Geninne and her process.

  • 5″ x 7″ weekly planner (10″ x 7″ open).
  • 17-month calendar — August 2018 through December 2019 — perfect for school and academic planning.
  • The perfect gift for creative inspiration.
  • Uplifting graphics by Geninne D Zlatkis guide you through the weeks.
  • Monthly 2-page-spread views facilitate big-picture planning.
  • Weekly spreads with ample writing space.
  • Wire-O binding offers lie-flat ease and convenience.
  • Inside pocket for storing receipts and mementos.
  • Extra lined pages to record notes and reminders.
  • Elastic band closure.
  • Printed on paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials.
  • Features US and Canadian legal holidays, phases of the moon, and important observances of the world’s major religions.

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Celebrating 30 Years — Amber Lotus Publishing

Amber Lotus Publishing is turning 30 this year. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a few stories from the people behind the scenes, starting with Creative Director Leslie Gignilliat-Day and her husband, Lawson Day, who purchased Amber Lotus in January 2000.

A Little Bit of History from the Owners of Amber Lotus Publishing

Leslie and Lawson

Lawson and I were living in New York City where he was an investment banker with Chase Manhattan Bank and I was a graphic designer with my own studio. One day he came home and announced that he wanted out of the banking business. That moment of self-determination took us through several twists and turns and led to the discovery of a boutique publishing company that was for sale. Long story short, we purchased Amber Lotus and moved to San Francisco to take over the reins. Lawson’s role was to run the management side of the business while mine was to run the product design and manufacturing side.

For Lawson, one of the many attractions of ALP was the editorial content. “Mr. Banker” was a voracious reader of Eastern spirituality and considered himself a student of Taoism and Buddhism. As a designer, I was excited to create beautiful products, but the editorial content­—Eastern spirituality—was a complete unknown to me. And so for me began a wondrous mind- and heart- expanding education in the great wisdom teachings of the world.

Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. Long hours and unrelenting responsibilities are your constant companions. But at the same time, the fulfillment of owning your own business—the self-determination, the creative inspiration, the nurturing and growing of something that you value—is the reward and fuel that carries you ever onward.

Today, in recognition of Amber Lotus’s 30 years of existence, I am profoundly grateful for all that has transpired since that fated day when Lawson’s desire to leave his “known” changed the direction of our lives. And lastly, a word for the amazing, talented, dedicated, and generally terrific people we work with—staff and contributors, both past and present: I can only say we could not have done any of this without you. We love you. We are blessed.


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100,000 More Trees Planted — 750,000 and Growing

100000 trees planted

During 2017, Amber Lotus Publishing funded the planting of another 100,000 trees. This brings the growing number to 750,000 trees planted since 2008. We are honored to work with Trees for the Future to replenish the resources used in crafting our products.

What began as a simple strategy to offset the number of trees used to produce our products has morphed into a fundamental component of our ongoing mission to embrace the concepts of Right Livelihood and mindful living. As our president Lawson Day says, “We intend to continue planting as many trees as we can for as long as we can.”

Thank you for purchasing our calendars, greeting cards, coloring books, and journals. And for being a part of our mission.


Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to be a carbon-negative independent publisher. Read more about our efforts and philosophy of Art, Commerce, and Service.


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Giving Tuesday — Planting Seeds of Kindness

Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is an annual opportunity for everyone to commit to supporting a charity that speaks to your heart. Support can come in many forms — some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice to share the good works. Continue reading

We’re Excited to Share! Introducing Our New Calendar Titles for 2018

When someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in their hands. — Rumi

Amber Lotus Publishing has been illuminating spirit in the world since 1988. (2018 will mark our 30th anniversary!) It is our great joy to continue to hold that intention carefully as we craft our products.

This year we’re deeply honored to offer the first calendar – an Amber Lotus exclusive – featuring the calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hanh. Each work of art in The Mindful Art of Thich Nhat Hanh offers a serene expression of his artistry and a timeless interpretation of Buddha’s teachings.

We’re delighted to welcome Katie Daisy to the Amber Lotus family. We have a new wall calendar, a weekly planner, and a coloring book featuring Katie’s inspiring art and unique perspective on living a life with purpose.

Instagram phenomenon Chris Burkard joins us again to create Call of the Wild, featuring his stunning adventure photography combined with his observations on the power of the natural world.

We have a new Rumi calendar featuring text from Coleman Barks paired with exquisite contemporary Persian art. Other new offerings include The Artful Cat, Heart Land, Kitchen Art, Mandala Meditations, and two new weekly planners: Love This Life and Eat Well, Kiss More, Travel Often.

We are grateful for the creative collaboration we share with our customers, artists, authors, reps, and friends, each of whom, in his or her own way, illuminates spirit in the world.

— In gratitude


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New Coloring Book from Amber Lotus Publishing — Wishes & Wings and Wondrous Things — A Menagerie of Friends: Butterflies, Bunnies, Birds, and More by Cori Dantini

Wishes and Wings coloring book

Free coloring sample pageDownload a sample page from Wishes & Wings and Wondrous Things — A Menagerie of Friends: Butterflies, Bunnies, Birds, and More by Cori Dantini and share your work with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Join in the fun with a cast of lovely ladies, happy hedgehogs, and frolicking woodland creatures illustrated by Cori Dantini. Spend time coloring whimsical landscapes where you can plant wishes and dreams that bloom to life with your rainbow of colors. Continue reading

New Coloring Book from Amber Lotus Publishing — Celtic Myth and Symbol: A Coloring Book of Celtic Art and Mandalas by Jen Delyth

Celtic Myth and Symbol coloring book

Sample coloring pageDownload a sample page from Celtic Myth and Symbol: A Coloring Book of Celtic Art and Mandalas by Jen Delyth and share your work with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Experience a personal connection with ancient Celtic mythology and symbolism as you weave color through intricate paths of knotwork, spiral patterns, and mandalas. These powerful symbols encourage us to go within as we meditate on their meanings.

Jen invites you to share the journey:

Celtic art is an intricate, enigmatic language that embraces interpretation. Limitless in creative variation, the ancient spiraling and intertwining patterns and symbols reflect the beat of the earth and the beauty, power, and spirit of nature. Energy flows from the center and unfurls in an infinite dance of possibility. Like the eternal knots, the great circle of life has no beginning and no end; seeds grow to be saplings and tall trees, which then return to the earth.

This art form is a living tradition. I immerse myself in crafting original designs and paintings, searching for simplicity, balance, and meaning within the ancient forms and stories and creating new designs that speak to us today. I grew up in Wales, an ancient land with an artistic culture spiraling back from the Celts to the first people. I find inspiration in my journey as an artist in the sacred patterns of my ancestors, where all is seemingly in motion, yet held in perfect balance.

It is the mysterious and spontaneous exploration of color that brings me the most delight. The Celtic scribes made their own paints by mixing egg white with organic pigments from plants and the earth. Touches of finely ground rare gemstones or of precious gold leaf added brilliance to their intricate illuminated vellum manuscripts. I mix creamy egg yolk with many of the same natural pigments the ancient Celts used. We are fortunate today to have a seductive array of different colors, paints, inks, pens, and pencils to channel our creativity as we bring beauty and personal expression to our art.

I invite you to share in this creative journey — to discover the joy of personal expression with the sensual and often enchanting process of bringing these designs to life with color. I believe that as we connect more deeply with the ancient Celtic language of spirals, knotwork, mandalas, symbols, and patterns, we can experience the gentle meditative focus that often comes with following the twists and turns — to the center and out again — of these mystical patterns.

Ysbryd!
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